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Lower Migration’s Costs and Raise Migration’s Benefits

Manolo Abella's picture
In observance of the International Migrants Day, Dec 18

Every year up to 10 million workers leave one country to work in another. Most are legal guest workers, and many arrive in debt to recruiters and other agents who place them in foreign jobs. If 10 million workers pay $1,000 in fees, the business of international labor migration is worth a $10 billion a year, including a large share that flows to agents in destination countries. Cutting migration costs in half would save migrants $5 billion a year.

Diasporas, development and diplomacy: How to engage refugees in assistance back home

Jacob Townsend's picture
Migrants are increasingly recognised as transnational actors who can contribute to the development of their countries of origin without actually returning to them. In recent decades, host countries and countries of origin have begun to look beyond the financial remittances of migrants to social remittances.  Many aid and peacebuilding programs are seeking to leverage migrants’ access to and knowledge of their countries of origin.

Strict Immigration Curbs Rejected by Swiss Voters

Hanspeter Wyss's picture

Thanks to 74 percent of Swiss voters and to all of the 26 cantons who voted against the referendum to introduce strict immigration quotas, I am now relieved.  If the referendum on November 30 by the environmentalist group Ecopop had been successful, I am not sure whether Switzerland would have let me return. The supporters of the referendum “’stop overpopulation – safeguard our natural environment”’ (see blog) sought to limit the annual net annual immigration to 0.2 percent of Switzerland’s resident population. This quota, representing about 16,000 people per year, is a fifth of the net immigration to Switzerland in recent years (an annual average of 81,500 immigrants from 2008 to 2013). The 0.2 percent curb would have applied to all migrants, including asylum seekers, people wanting to be reunited with family members already living in Switzerland, migrants looking for better job opportunities, some of the more than 730,000 Swiss abroad who would like to come back, or very rich individuals who would like to live in Switzerland because of lower taxes.  The latter group may be thankful to those 59 percent of Swiss voters who rejected another referendum from last weekend on whether to abolish lump-sum taxation in all 26 cantons (five cantons have already decided to abolish this tax regime).  Such tax privileges are accorded to wealthy private foreign nationals who take residence in Switzerland for the first time or after ten years of absence, but are not allowed to work in Switzerland.

KNOMAD Call for Papers: Vulnerability and Resilience in Explaining Migration and Development

Dilip Ratha's picture

Experts generally agree that the environmental change is but one of the many reasons that prompt people to migrate, sometimes operating on its own but more often through other mechanisms.  Individuals, households and communities facing similar environmental changes may respond differently to these processes.  It is believed that the specific impacts of environmental change, and the extent to which they lead to migration, displacement and/or relocation, are mediated by the level of vulnerability and resilience found in those affected by these processes.* Understanding why people faced with similar macro-level factors move or stay is important. A better understanding of the impact of vulnerability and resilience to environmental changes may help policymakers and practitioners assess the degree to which people need to move, what forms of movement are likely, and their ability to avoid harm in the presence or absence of mobility.

Voices of Migrants: Request for Proposals for Literature Review

Dilip Ratha's picture

In the framework of its “Voices of Migrants” project, the Cross-cutting Theme on Public Perceptions and Communications of the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) is looking for a short-term consultant (team) to conduct a literature review.